COUN3031 Counselling Placement and Supervision 1

Bachelor Course Unit

Level: 300

Credit points: 6

Prerequisites: Advanced Counselling Skills (COUN2031)

Unit Description

Placement and supervision are formative components of counselling education. This unit in the Bachelor of Counselling and Bachelor of Counselling (Coaching) provides students with opportunities to apply theoretical knowledge and counselling skills in their practice with clients. Students will develop and apply ethical decision making skills in a supported, collaborative learning environment during a supervised counselling placement. Students will attend fortnightly small group supervision and present on their counselling practice with clients, and receive and apply feedback from their clinical supervisor. Students will keep a reflective journal of their counselling and supervision experiences using Mahara to construct an e-Portfolio. Reflective journaling enhances students’ self-awareness and their capacity to be ethical, reflective practitioners. 

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to: 

  • Competently apply theoretical knowledge and counselling skills to practice with clients in a counselling agency;
  • Demonstrate ethical decision-making skills in counselling practice, with respect for the rights and autonomy of clients;

  • Present their counselling practice with clients in supervision;

  • Engage in group supervision and reflect on the practice of counselling;

  • Receive and apply supervisor feedback appropriately;

  • Understand intervention planning and apply counselling models to meet client needs;

  • Analyse the influence of organisational, cultural and social contexts on counselling practice;

  • Demonstrate competency in the application of counselling skills and interventions.

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 14 hours per week.

Assignment summary

Please refer to the document available here.  

Counselling Placement and Supervision classes

Counselling Placement and Supervision classes are offered On Campus and Online. On Campus class times may change between terms, whereas Online synchronous class times tend to be the same each term.

On Campus class times for current enrolment periods can be accessed here.

Online times can be accessed here (scroll down the page and open the document at the bottom of the page).

Students are encouraged to plan their unit enrolment early to avoid clashes with their placement or other units.


The required text book for this unit  can be found by viewing the School of Counselling textbook list by selecting the course and trimester at the following link:

Academic misconduct

Ethical conduct and academic integrity and honesty are fundamental to the mission of ACAP. Academic misconduct will not be tolerated by the college. Please refer to for full details of the Academic Misconduct Policy.


Unit information may be subject to change prior to the teaching trimester commencing.  Once term has commenced please review the Unit Outline in your class space to ensure your trimester study plan is correct.